Thursday, August 28, 2014

Salinas High to participate in construction trade pre-apprenticeship program

Nine California high schools will take part in a pilot project this fall designed to help students earn pre-apprenticeships into the construction trade industries, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced this week.

Salinas High is one of them.

The course of study will lead students to a better-than-entry-level position or pre-apprenticeship with a number of construction trades industries. The curriculum includes: building trades math; labor history; training to recognize and prevent hazards in construction sites; first aid and CPR training; and an introduction to the trade industries. This type of program has only been previously used with adults over 18 years of age.

Torlakson is a champion of career technical education, and this program gets at the type of learning California students should be getting, he said in a release.

The program "makes clear to students that what they are learning in school can have a direct effect on their careers after they leave school, keeping them engaged in their own learning," he said.

Nine career technical education teachers in the pilot project have received training and earned certifications to teach the program. Teachers will now design lessons to assure students are prepared for each succeeding step, ultimately building up to a “capstone” course. The capstone course prepares students for a pre-apprenticeship position in the construction trade industries or for further training in college or certification programs.

It looks like this year will be dedicated to recruiting students, so maybe I won't get to profile the program. But you never know. I'll keep you posted.

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